Welcome! Chelsea is now accepting clients for freelance editing. For a limited time, all services are 15% off.

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About

Chelsea provides professional editing services for writers in all-stages of publication.  Whether you’re preparing to query agents or seeking an editor before you self-publish, Chelsea provides thoughtful and detailed feedback to help you level up your manuscript. Though she specializes in Young Adult fiction, other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and has been evaluating writers’ work since 2013 when she started interning with The Missouri Review. Since then, she’s interned for a university press, a literary agent, and is currently an intern with Page Street Publishing. This year, she’s a YA mentor in Pitch Wars. As a writer herself, Chelsea considers revision to be her favorite part of the writing process, and is always excited to put that enthusiasm to work helping writers enhance their current projects and further develop their skills.

 

Services

Query Critique

This includes in-depth notes, including line edits, for clarity and formatting. This includes two passes.

$25

Additional passes are $10 each.

 

 

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Synopsis Critique

Includes in-depth edits, including line edits, to ensure clarity. I’ll work with you to tighten up your synopsis until we get to that ideal single page that accurately reflects your manuscript. This includes two passes.

$45 for 2-page synopses. There may be an additional fee for longer synopses.

Additional passes are $15. 

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Sample Page Critique

Includes a mini edit letter (1-3 pages) discussing  strengths and areas of improvement, evaluating plot, pacing, character, world building, etc.

$70 for first three chapters (up to 30 pages). There may be an additional fee for samples longer than 30 pages. 

 

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Submission Package

Includes a Query Critique, Synopsis Critique, and Sample Page Critique. Great if you’re planning on querying agents and want to ensure all three components are ready.

$130

 

 

 

 

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Developmental Edit

This includes an edit letter (about 4-7 pages) outlining your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. I’ll address plot, pacing, character development, worldbuilding, etc. This is a good option if your manuscript is a first or second draft and you’re looking for somewhere to start in your revisions but aren’t yet ready to get into the nitty-gritty of small scale issues. 

$0.007/word

 

 

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Line Edit

Includes in-depth edits, looking at your work line-by-line, focusing on clarity, overused words, clunky sentences, misused punctuation, repetition, etc, to ensure a smoother and more rhythmic manuscript. Using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature, I’ll leave comments and point out and correct problem areas. This option is best for writers who have already put their manuscript through several rounds of developmental edits and are reasonably sure the big picture elements are working. Though I’ll make note of any developmental issues I notice, they won’t be my main focus so it’s possible some may be missed. 

$0.01/word

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FAQ

What’s your editing style?

Straight to the point. I’ll definitely tell you what’s working in your manuscript, but I’d rather focus my energy–and yours–on the places where your attention is most needed. That being said, the point of feedback is to improve your work, not tear it (or you) apart, and my feedback is focused not on everything wrong with your work but how to make it as good as it can be. When pointing out flaws, I’ll also suggest solutions and ask a lot of questions to get you brainstorming and thinking critically about your work. Some of my suggestions may be extensive (cutting characters, adding subplots, restructuring your plot, etc) and others may be minor, but they’re all meant to give you a springboard into making your story into the very best version of itself. In the end, you know what will suit your book best and of course have final say.

Can I see a sample of your work?

Since projects I’ve worked on are protected by confidentiality, I don’t have samples for public viewing. However, I offer a free sample critique which will evaluate the first three pages of your project, and this is a good way to see if my editing style will work for you.

I have a project, and I’m not sure yet if it’s YA. Can I still work with you?

Yes! When reading, I’ll keep an eye on what would need to be resolved to make your book into YA or if it would even perhaps be better not as YA (and is maybe more suited to middle grade or adult). Be sure to tell me any concerns when you book.

I have a request that doesn’t seem to meet any of your services. Can I still work with you?

In the Contact form, describe your project and what kind of editing you’re looking for, and I’ll be happy to give you a quote for pricing. If I don’t think I can help you, I’ll be happy to provide a recommendation for someone who can.

Can I book in advance?

Yes. If you’re booking a large service more than two weeks in advance, I require a 10% deposit to hold your spot on my calendar, to be sent when I’ve confirmed your place. Smaller services require full payment upfront but can be booked in advance. Your spot will not be held until payment has been received.

How do I pay?

Payment is made via Paypal. You’ll receive an invoice when I confirm your booking. For small services, payment is required upfront (though small services can be paid for in advance if you’d like). For large services, you’ll pay in two installments: when you book and before delivery of your edits. For large services being booked more than two weeks in advance, I require a 10% deposit to hold your spot.

Do you offer any discounts?

Right now, a 15% discount is being offered on all services. This is for a limited time only.

What’s the turnaround time for your edits?

Small critiques (query, synopsis, sample pages) will be returned within one week. Large critiques (developmental, full, sub packages) will be returned within one month.

I’m on a deadline. Can you critique my work faster than normal?

Sure! This will include the regular price of whatever service you request as well as a rush fee that will depend on the size of your project and how quickly you need it back. Let me know your deadline in the booking form.

What’s your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel for any reason, let me know ASAP to avoid penalty. If you’re canceling less than two weeks before your booking date, you’ll be charged a 10% fee (if you’ve booked a large service, this is your deposit). This fee will be waived (or your deposit returned) if you can find someone to take your place or if you’re canceling more than two weeks before your submission date. Smaller services (query and synopsis critiques, sample page edits) are fully refundable up until the date I begin working on them, and all services are nonrefundable once I’ve begun working.

How should I format my materials?

Materials should be sent as .doc or .docx files with your name and project title in the file name (so it doesn’t get lost on my devices). Documents should use 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins and be double-spaced, except for a synopsis, which should be single-spaced.

Can you guarantee I’ll get an agent/publisher and become the Next Big Thing?

I can only guarantee honest and experienced feedback. Publishing is a subjective business that relies on many factors out of the control of both writers and editors. What I can do is help you polish your manuscript until it shines and help you realize its full potential. The insight I offer will not only help your current project but also improve your craft as a storyteller and writer so you can put it into practice on future projects, too.

Welcome! Chelsea is now accepting clients for freelance editing. For a limited time, all services are 15% off.

Contact

Ready to book or just want some more information? Fill out the form below, and I’ll be in touch within two business days.